(Closed) foods to increase lactation

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I’ve been back to work and baby was sick so it’s been stressful to say the least.  So milk slowed down horribly this past week.  Baby has been feeding like crazy at night and I stepped up the OATMEAL (two of those apple cinnamon packets with boiled milk) every morning. The milk decrease started sometime last week and I was really scared on Wednesday when it lasted so long… but it’s back up now. I started taking the Fenugreek (2 pills) and OATMEAL since Sunday.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m not a mother but I’ve read several breastfeeding books part of NFP.  Could you co-sleep with a side-car?  I read that your supply could be increased just from non-nutritive/comfort nursing and co-sleeping offers this more readily.  I’ve also read stuff about lactation cookies but I’m not sure what’s in them other than oatmeal so they may not be allergen free friendly.

EDIT: Check out the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.  They are quite demanding on women who work outside the home, but it may give you some ideas on how to increase your supply.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@pansyshell:  You can buy Girlfriend oatmeal.  My oatmeal says it’s gluten free but I would check the label.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

@pansyshell:  I’m not sure about the Girlfriend.  Also, I increased pumping. I wasn’t pumping for a few days, I would squeeze in an extra pump. Sometimes it would just depress me b/c it was such a small amount. ๐Ÿ™

@beekiss:  Yes, I heard, skin to skin and just rubbing your baby’s back, hair etc as you are feeding them can  help increase milk. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I try really hard to focus on relaxing, enjoying her and the moment. Even if it is 3:30AM for the 5th time at night.  (ok…not so much, then…but I was desperate enough to give it a go!)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

@pansyshell: I’ve about the same regular  output and then i dropped to 3 one day and freaked.  Hahaa…. bonding is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I made lactation cookies:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/LACTATION-COOKIES-1252680

1 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
2 T flaxseed meal (no subs)
2 Lg eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 C Thick cut oats
1 C Chocolate chips
2 T Brewers Yeast (no substitutions)

Preparation
Preheat oven at 375.

Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended.
Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
Add butter mix to dry ing.
Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.

Rolled NON-instant oatmeal is supposed to be much better,, so the cookies work really well. I make changes to this recipe, and add 1/2 cup peanut butter (another booster)
I usually replace the chocolate chips with other candies, its really just there to sweeten them
Eat 4/day (I would eat more… they are yummy)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also, if you little one sleeps more than 3 hours, or you can go for at lest 3 hours without nursing, a DARK beer helps. My Dr is a naturalpath, and had me make the cookies because I HATE beer. Brewers Yeast can be found in health supplement stores.

 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I was going to say Guiness…

I also wanted to remind you that MSPI isn’t an allergy, but rather an intolerance and one that your little guy is likely to grow out of.  Now we’re only dealing with a nut allergy (which was diagnosed after she developed hives when I was eating cashews around her).

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